What is behind "Stars and Bars," Calhoun Streets and Robert E. Lee statues-lynchings and mass incarceration, police bullying and murder of African Americans.
Washington, D.C., memorials invariably quote some of the masterpieces of our heritage, a reminder of the values that ground the American experiment in democracy.
It is a matter of recognizing and struggling against racism in all of its various forms, particularly its institutional features.
"It appalls me that our legislators used my tax dollars to create, lobby for, and now defend a law that opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians."
Selma 1965 represents the worst and best of America: our home-grown terrorism and abuses of power, AND the immense courage and persistence that can bring about change.
On Feb. 20, a police officer shot and killed Mexican national Rubén García Villalpando on the side of a highway outside Dallas.
You don't always recognize heroes by how many bows they take or by the awards bestowed upon them.
We saw from the very beginning that we would have to build a mass protest movement to to free Howard Morgan, and we did just that.
Civil rights groups call for a completion of the Justice Department's investigation, and the NAACP calls for a "Journey for Justice" from Ferguson to Jefferson City.
The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't.